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  • 4-H grows leaders: A commitment to learning

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman looks forward to another great year of learning in 4-H programming.
  • Join our Minnesota 4-H Week of Thanks!

    Share your photos on social media Nov. 17-24
  • Cottonwood County 4-H/LIA Scholarship Application

    Applications are due to the Extension office by April 1, 2017. See article for a listing of the minimum requirements.
  • Online enrollment for 4-H families

    Enrollment opened Sep. 16!
  • State Fair Results

    Cottonwood County was represented by 32 livestock exhibitors, 18 general encampment exhibitors, and two lama exhibitors. Congratulations to all of our participants, you all did a fantastic job! To find a complete listing of State Fair results and purple ribbon pictures, check out the following link:
  • Federation Executive Meeting

    The Federation Exec. meeting will be held on Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. at the Extension office. We will be setting the budget and going over programs for the upcoming year.
  • After School Adventure Help Needed

    If you are free on any of the after school adventure dates listed above, please consider helping. Adventures are a fun, hands-on educational program that happens monthly in four schools throughout the county.
  • 4-H Alumni Spotlight – Christy Jackson

    Town of residence: Sanborn, MN 4-H member in which county & club name: Cottonwood County - Germantown Livewires Involvement with 4-H (as youth or adult): Youth: Beef, sheep, general livestock judging, safety, food stand. Adult: Adult volunteer; club leader and General Livestock Judging Team Coach Favorite 4-H memory: Being a member of the 1985 National Western Stock Show Champion 4-H Judging Team! Advice to current 4-H youth: Apply your full self into your projects, don’t do them because your parents want you to, do them to learn about the project, and more importantly, learn about yourself, develop skills and discover where your passion lies. Current occupation: Strategic Account Manager, Zoetis Pork Family: My Parents, Wayne and Judy Pankonin; Brother, Brad; Sister, Carrie; Daughter, Carlie (Jr. SDSU), Cole, HS Sr., Jake, 5th Gr. Why do you think people should be involved in 4-H? Because of the amazing and wide variety project areas, leadership opportunities and competition, members have to explore and learn outside of traditional education. Not to mention, some of the people you meet will go on to be some of your best, life-long friends. Anything else you’d like to include: Tell your school friends that 4-H is cool, invite them to a meeting! It’s so much more than earning a ribbon; it’s about building life-long skills, meeting great people and finding your passion.
  • National 4-H Week Facebook Photo Contest

    We will again have a photo contest on Facebook during National 4-H Week. Post your favorite 4-H picture with the #CottonwoodCounty4H before noon on Friday, Oct. 7 in order to participate. A winner will receive a $10 Subway gift card.
  • National 4-H Week

    National 4-H Week is October 2-8. What are you doing for National 4-H Week? Each club and 4-H member should do something to promote 4-H and recruit new members, making the public aware of the benefits of 4-H. Here are some ideas of what you can do: • Invite local newspapers to do a feature story on your club or 4-H family. • Make a window display or bulletin board for local businesses. • Write a letter to the editor. • Invite friends to come to your club meeting. • Wear 4-H t-shirt on Wednesday, Oct. 5. • Visit classrooms at school and pass out fliers to students. • Talk to your Commissioners and leaders of the importance of 4-H in our local area.
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